Safety and Wellness
Celebrating a Major Safety Milestone in Parkersburg
In 2022, the Parkersburg, West Virginia team celebrated nine years without a lost time accident. This major milestone is a testament to the team’s commitment to keeping one another safe.
A lost time accident is defined as a workplace injury that requires the associate, based on doctor’s orders, to spend one or more days away from work beyond the date of the injury. Daniel Welch, vice president of operations, notes that achieving such a milestone is a truly monumental achievement.
“The fact that nearly a decade has gone by without this type of injury is incredible,” Daniel said. “No matter the type of plant you are or the type of work you do, this is a very difficult milestone to achieve. One year without a lost time incident is impressive. Nine of them is outstanding. It means you’re doing a lot of things right as a team.”
The Plant Manager attributes this success entirely to the associates on the plant floor, and the work they have put in to build a true safety culture in Parkersburg. “Reaching this point has truly been a journey, and it’s one that has been driven at every point by our associates,” Karen said. “Everyone here supports and is actively engaged in this culture of safety, and the results speak for themselves. Everyone is looking out for each other every day. Management can’t just dictate safety — we can lead, but it’s the associates who have to do it. And this team has done an incredible job.”
Support for a Healthier Lifestyle
Two of our largest facilities have onsite fitness centers, while all of our facilities are tobacco free. Most facilities offer an annual benefits fair, where employees can learn about health and wellness, and participate in biometric screenings. Free annual flu shots are offered to all employees, with most of our plants hosting onsite flu shots.
The Quanex Wellness Committee is working on several initiatives centered around promoting the benefits of our Go365 wellness program, smoking cessation activities and Mental Health awareness. Wellness materials are highlighted in the Monthly Quanex Health, Safety, and Wellness Bulletin. Copies of the bulletins are shared via employee email, posted in break rooms, and broadcast on the Quanex video monitors throughout each plant. The Committee has also promoted the expansion of healthy eating opportunities by providing facilities with details on employee incentive programs like farmers’ markets and incentives for healthy food choices in employee break rooms.
Our Go365 wellness program helps incentivize our employees to take a greater stake in their health by giving them the tools and support they need to live healthier lives and rewarding them for it.
Go365 goes beyond traditional workplace wellness programs by offering resources for employees dealing with everyday stressors like financial, family, and emotional concerns. Quanex offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a free and confidential service that provides useful tools and resources to address topics such as resiliency, emotional well-being, workplace success, wellness and balance, and personal and family goals. The EAP also provides access to legal and financial consultation and work-life services. The EAP has been especially helpful over the past three years as our employees have worked to deal with the added stress and uncertainty growing out of COVID-19. Quanex is committed to our employees’ overall health and wellness, and we offer a comprehensive benefits package and initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles.